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FREMANTLE NEEDS MORE CREATIVE ARCHITECTURE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, city planning, development, Uncategorized by freoview on December 30, 2019

 

 

I am a rather simple and modest kind of old fella who does not have too many wishes for the New Year. A bit more money would be good, and having a lot of very gorgeous women throwing themselves at me would be nice too, but I know that won’t happen, so I’ll just keep living within the limitations of reality. What could improve though is what we build in our cities.

I would love to see a lot more creative architecture in Fremantle and the entire Perth metropolitan area, because the blandness and mediocrity of most of the new modern buildings we are getting is very disappointing, hence these inspiring photos from around the world, and I am sure there are many more examples of what great architecture could look like.

Roel Loopers

WILL ROYAL GEORGE DEVELOPMENT HAPPEN?

Posted in architecture, city planning, development, heritage, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on December 20, 2019

 

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The future of any development at the Royal George hotel in East Fremantle is very much in doubt now that a new planning scheme amendment will not allow anything higher to be built than the height of the spire of the heritage building.

The question now is if owners Saracen Properties will consider it viable to develop the site behind the building into low-rise residential apartments, while investing millions of dollars renovating the old hotel.

Roel Loopers

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FIRE ANTS RESTRICTIONS FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in Uncategorized by freoview on December 4, 2019

 

Fire Ants!

 

Fire ants nests found on Fremantle Ports property have alerted authorities and they need the support of the Fremantle community to immediately report any sightings of fire ants. There are also a few restrictions, see below.

To support response efforts and prevent any potential spread of the pest, a Quarantine Area Notice has been put in place for parts of Fremantle, restricting the movement of a range of host materials including soil, potted plants, mulch, hay, manure and turf outside of this area.

Roel Loopers

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LOW SPEED HIGH STREET FREIGHT PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2019

 

 

The High Street Upgrade Project by Mainroads is going extremely slow.  I hear roadworks won’t be starting before February next year, so one has to wonder what is holding it up.

The City of Fremantle demolished the houses and FERN two months ago, so why is this important freight project not a priority for the State Government and a project that has to advance as fast as possible?

The proposed large roundabout at the Stirling Highway and High Street intersection is designed to allow trucks to go faster and to help speed up the freight trip to Fremantle Port, so why there is a five-month pause in the construction of it is questionable.

Roel Loopers

 

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WHY THE BIKE PARKING URGENCY BEFORE LEGAL RULING?

Posted in bicycles, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2019

 

It seems rather premature that a development item is on the Fremantle Council Planning Committee agenda on Wednesday when it is still the focus of a legal challenge in the Court of Appeal by the City and State Government.

The application is for two bicycle parking structures in front of 142 High Street, just east of Kings Square, where the State Administrative Tribunal questioned if the land is actually privately owned or Crown land, and hence the matter ended up in the Supreme Court where it was judged that the land is on private land, but that ruling is now challenged.

Reportedly the City of Fremantle has already spent some $ 800,000 on the court case, but they hope to recover that should the ruling by the Court of Appeal be in their favour.

I wonder though why all parties would not wait with the planning application until the matter has been ruled in court.

The PTA is strongly objecting to the bike shelters in that location as it want it for bus stops close to Kings Square.

Roel Loopers

 

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STAMP DUTY REBATE. BUY AN APARTMENT IN FREMANTLE NOW!

 

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BUY AN APARTMENT IN FREMANTLE NOW!

Apartment and unit buyers will get a rebate worth up to $50,000 on eligible properties under a two-year scheme announced by the WA State Government today.

The rebate will be available for two years to any buyer who signs a pre-construction contract for a new residential unit or apartment in a multi-storey development.

Multiple rebates will be available to the same applicant and there will be no cap on the purchase price.

Roel Loopers

ABORIGINAL CENTRE UNLIKELY TO BE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, arthur head, city of fremantle, culture, indigenous, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2019

 

The desire by Fremantle Council to build an Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur’s Head is more a pipe dream than reality because the State Government wants the centre to be part of the East Perth power station development.

Treasurer Ben Wyatt prefers an Aboriginal arts and culture centre to be close to Perth, so one has to wonder why Fremantle Council insists on continuing with an expensive feasibility study when the only way the centre could be built here is with the financial backing of the state and federal governments. There is no way the City of Fremantle can afford to build the centre from ratepayers’ money only, so it’s either private sponsorship or government.

While the City is spending $ 50.000 on the feasibility study Arthur’s Head has been a total mess for nearly two years with large sections of it fenced off due to rock fall danger, so why not prioritise the stabilisation of one of our most popular tourist destinations first.

Roel Loopers

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LOCAL COUNCILS NEED TO LIFT THEIR GAME

Posted in city of fremantle, community, local government, politics, Uncategorized by freoview on September 21, 2019

 

Local government is clearly close to our heart because statistics in the annual report of the Local Government Standards Panel show that complaints about local councils and councillors have risen significantly.

The City of Melville and the shires of Capel and Toodyay are on the top of the list for complaints about elected members.

Compared to 82 complaints the previous year the 2018/19 annual report shows 126 complaints.

I feel a bit sorry for local councillors as it is humanely impossible to please everyone, but there is absolutely no doubt either that many complaints are relevant.

Local councils need to lift their game and listen to the community, rather than paying lip service through so-called community consultation, which is often ignored when councillors make decisions, hence many of us often feel ignored and taken for granted by those we elected to represent us.

Roel Loopers

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